1. Over; above; beyond: hypercharge.
2. Excessive; excessively: hypercritical.
3. Existing in more than three dimensions: hyperspace.
4. Linked or arranged nonsequentially: hypertext.
[Greek huper-, from huper, over, beyond; see uper in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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